Masumi Yamamoto - Harpsichord
Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared at the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall as soloist and continuo player. Recent concerts have taken her to France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Italy, and she has performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2007. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), a runner-up in the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in London (2007), and the winner of Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition (2012) with ensemble The Akenside Players. A recital in London was given a four-star rating in The Independent: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".
Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australiastudying piano with Leah Horwitz and harpsichord with Huguette Brassine. In the UK, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, then at Trinity College of Music with harpsichordist James Johnstone and was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica. She completed her PhD at the University of York.
More recently, Masumi made concerto appearances with London ConcertanteSolisti Divini and the Keld Ensemble in the UK as well as with the Soloists of London in Spain and Paulus Barokk in Norway. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM. Masumi was on the panel of judges for the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in April 2017 along with harpsichordists Sophie Yates and Robin Bigwood. She regularly collaborates with such distinguished musicians as violinist Lana Trotovsek and flautist Boris Bizjak.
Her future engagements include solo, chamber and concerto performances in Japan, Spain, Norway, Slovenia, and within the UK. Masumi is the Artistic Director of a concert series 'Sydenham Concerts' launched in February 2016 which specialises in Baroque repertoire.
Masumi is also a keen teacher, and has given lessons and Masterclasses at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia. Masumi is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.



グリフィス大学クィーンズランド音楽院 演奏学科、修士課程修了後、2001年に英国に渡り、王立音楽院、トリニティーカレッジで研修を積む。ソロ、通奏低音をジェームス・ジョンストン氏に師事。そのほか、キャロル・チェラージ、ケニス・ギルバート、シェティル・ハウグサンド、トレバー・ピノック、スキップ・センぺ、コリン・ティルニーなどのマスタークラスを受講。
これまで、パーセルルーム、ロイヤルアルバートホール、カドガンホールなどで演奏したほか、ヘンデル音楽祭、ブライトン古楽音楽祭、グリニッジ国際古楽音楽祭、ヨーク古楽音楽祭や、BBC のラジオ番組にも出演。2012年にはソロリサイタルが英インデペンデント紙で好評を得る。

現在はイギリス国内を中心にヨーロッパ各地、およびオーストラリアや東南アジアなどでソロ、コンチェルト、室内楽、オーケストラなど幅広い演奏活動を行っている。 また、最近では「シデナムコンサート」の音楽監督としてコンサート企画にも携わっている。

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